Port of Catoosa director voted chairman of the National Waterways Conference
November 8, 2019
David Yarbrough, executive director for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, was recently elected as the chairman of the National Waterways Conference. Yarbrough joined the Tulsa Port of Catoosa as the manager of operations in 2006 and was promoted to port director in 2017. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer who is responsible for port operations and all major construction.
Waterways are a significant mode of freight transportation in Oklahoma and across the nation. Last spring presented the most challenging flooding conditions all across the Midwest and particularly in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
“This is a great honor and very deserving for David Yarbrough to represent Oklahoma’s infrastructure at the national level,” Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Tim Gatz said. “Through Yarbrough’s and his Oklahoma colleagues’ leadership, the unprecedented floods of last spring have received much attention nationally and will now continue to highlight Oklahoma’s standing and solutions to this challenging issue of our aging transportation system.”
Yarbrough previously served as the vice chairman for the NWC before being elected as chairman. The NWC is an organization that seeks to effect common sense policies and programs through recognizing the public value of our nation’s water resources and their contribution to public safety, a competitive economy, national security, environmental quality and energy conservation. The NWC has members from all across the nation and serves the public at the national level when it comes to waterways and ports.